Actor, Comedian Bill Murray Gives Hearty Shout-Out To Merritt Island Teen Fighting Cancer
By Steve Wilson // March 20, 2017
BILL MURRAY: 'I’ll be glad to support Julie'
ABOVE VIDEO: Iconic actor and Comedian Bill Murray took the time to record a video clip encouraging Julie Spurlock, a 17-year-old Merritt Island resident fighting cancer.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Iconic actor and Comedian Bill Murray took the time to record a video clip encouraging Julie Spurlock, a 17-year-old Merritt Island resident fighting cancer.
Not that long ago, Valerie Paul suggested to Steve Wilson that he start collecting encouraging video clips for cancer patient Julie Spurlock – and my, how Wilson’s endeavor has flourished.
Julie is battling cancer for the second time. Wilson took Paul up on her suggestion and never looked back! He has also learned quite a bit during this endeavor.
One of the most challenging parts has been to make sure that the request gets to the right person. And, more often than not, that part is beyond Wilson’s control. His goal is to get as many clips of support for Julie that he can.
The positive response rate is not great, but it’s not bad either. The negative responses come in various forms: some say they are too busy; some say if they do it for one, they will have to do it for all; some don’t respond; and some, but not many, just say no.
Because there are so many that don‘t come through, Wilson really gets excited when he gets a “Julie clip.” And, there’s nothing quite like receiving the unexpected clip.
That’s exactly what happened recently when Wilson was covering March Madness for Space Coast Daily at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Wilson was just coming out of the Xavier locker room after the Musketeers’ win over Maryland when he spotted Murray standing just a few feet away from him. Murray’s son, Luke, is one of the assistant coaches for Xavier, and Bill Murray was attending the game.
When Wilson saw Murray and decided to approach him, he had no idea what the response would be. There are quite a few individuals that have a reputation for being stand-offish.
Whether they are actors, athletes, or politicians, some people just don’t care to deal with the public. Wilson found out rather quickly that Bill Murray did not fall into that category; in fact, Murray is one of the “good guys.”
He stopped what he was doing, listened to Wilson, and said “yes, no problem, I’ll be glad to support Julie.”
After Wilson recorded the clip, Murray said, “Tell her I hope she does well.”
For Murray to not only take the time to record the clip, but then, follow up with those words of encouragement, told Wilson a lot about Murray.
He could have said no, don’t bother me now. He could have said nothing. Most anything could have happened. But, what did happen, was a very nice man deciding he was going to support a teenager battling cancer.
That’s about as good as it gets.
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